Thermal generation and electricity system reliability
The modelling completed for this thermal generation and reliability final report shows that the UK can decarbonise emissions from its electricity system by relying almost entirely on new investments in wind, solar and smart resources. The findings demonstrate that steep decarbonisation of the UK power system is possible by 2030 without reliance on expensive and controversial biomass, new nuclear or carbon capture and storage (CCS). Wind and solar can provide more than 60 percent of total electricity by that time, with already planned or existing nuclear and natural gas capacity providing the remainder. The analysis only considers technologies that are in operation or close to market in the UK. With further technological innovation, deeper decarbonisation could be achieved.
Date: June 2018